Wasps are often associated with danger and, unlike bees, are not usually considered cute or helpful. Wasps have a bad rep! But they are essential to their ecosystems. Not only are some wasps indispensable pollinators, but it’s estimated that there are “over a hundred thousand described species around the world” and they “eat their way through millions of kilograms of insects each year.” This helps keep their ecosystems in balance.
What would happen if all of the wasps disappeared? And why are wasps just as wonderful as bees? From BBC Ideas and Maia Films, this video makes a case for why we should appreciate and protect the mighty wasp.